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Paxton Communal Farm

Recently digitised at the State Library of Queensland is a 10 minute long, early 1940s film documenting the brief existence of Paxton Farm in the Slacks Creek area, now Springwood. The communal farm was established in 1941 by members of The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). The footage was taken by J. K. Brown, a... Read more

Queensland Places – Thursday Island – The naming of some of the main streets

The area now comprising the central area of Thursday Island was originally called Port Kennedy, in honour of the former Governor of Queensland, Sir Arthur Edward Kennedy.  However, over time, the name Thursday Island became more commonly used as the alternative to the name Port Kennedy. The first formal land survey, with the laying out... Read more

Rathdonnell Estate, Auchenflower, 1911 (Map of the Week)

State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of historical maps of Queensland, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online. This real estate map from 1911 advertises 84 allotments of land for sale at the Rathdonnell Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Auchenflower. The allotments were situated on Milton Road, Wienholt... Read more

Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s first public concert, 1947

On March 26, 1947, the newly-formed Queensland Symphony Orchestra gave their first public concert at Brisbane’s City Hall, in front of an audience of 2,500 people. The concert was supported by the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission), the Queensland State Government and the Brisbane City Council. Percy Code was the guest conductor for the event. Favorable... Read more

Views of Maryborough, 1896

On March 7, 1896, the Maryborough Chronicle newspaper issued a supplement in the form of an illustrated poster. The Maryborough Chronicle reported – “This issue contains an extra supplement in the form of a large coloured sheet, very creditably got up, containing views of Maryborough, together with all the principal public buildings, factories, and mills,... Read more

Queensland Places – Thursday Island – Tattersall’s Hotel

Tattersall’s Hotel once stood in Victoria Parade, Thursday Island and would have been a well-known landmark on the town’s streetscape, located next door to the Burns, Philp & Co. building and bond store. An image of the hotel, reproduced from an 1897 calendar and advertisement, shows it to be a substantial, two storey structure with... Read more

South Toowong Estate, [Taringa], 1884 (Map of the Week)

State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of historical maps of Queensland, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online. This real estate map from 1884 advertises 173 allotments of land for sale at the South Toowong Estate, which is today part of the Brisbane suburb of Taringa. The allotments were... Read more

Train accident at Brunswick Street Station, Brisbane, 1927

On October 20, 1927, at 1.57am, residents near the goods yard at Brunswick Street Station in inner-north Fortitude Valley were woken by what The Brisbane Courier newspaper described as “the sound of a loud, tearing crash, and a reverberating succession of bumping of buffers”. A Toowoomba-bound stock train with 21 empty sheep and cattle wagons... Read more

Glimpses of Sunny Queensland, 1914

On April 3, 1914, Brisbane’s Telegraph newspaper promoted the arrival of the Queensland Government Intelligence and Tourist Bureau’s latest pictorial publication. “Glimpses of Sunny Queensland is a capitally got up picture album, issued by the Queensland Government Intelligence Bureau. Show More Summary

UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage – “Discover, Remember and Share”

The UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is celebrated on 27th October in institutions around the world to highlight the vulnerability of audiovisual materials and the ongoing efforts in safeguarding this cultural memory. The theme for this year is Discover, Remember and Share. Visit the official website to see how collecting institutions around the world... Read more

Curd’s Hill Estate, Greenslopes, 1925 (Map of the Week)

State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of historical maps of Queensland, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online. This real estate map from 1925 advertises 23 allotments of land for sale at the Curd’s Hill Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Greenslopes. The allotments were situated on Curd Street,... Read more

Diving into the History of Queensland Pearl Shelling Industry – The first Pearling trade in Australia

Guest blogger: Toni Massey – 2017 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellow Australia’s pearling industry began long before European settlement where pearl shell was used extensively in trade throughout Australia. Archaeological...Show More Summary

Pig City: Brisbane’s Historic Soundtrack Concert (2007)

On July 14, 2007, Pig City: Brisbane’s Historic Soundtrack concert was held at University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus. The event was part of the Queensland Music Festival and inspired by Andrew Stafford’s book Pig City: from the Saints to Savage Garden, which documents Brisbane’s music scene from the 1970s through to the 2000s. A... Read more

Queensland Places – Thursday Island – Doctor Joseph Leathom Wassell

The former Thursday Island Government Quarantine and Medical Officer, Dr. Joseph Leathom Wassell was a well-respected and beloved member of the Thursday Island and Torres Strait communities, when he passed away in April 1915.  This is confirmed by the positive newspaper reports of the time as well as the construction of a memorial obelisk by... Read more

Gordon Park : The Pride of Kedron, Section Nine, Brisbane, 1922 (Map of the Week)

State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of historical maps of Queensland, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online. This real estate map from 1922 advertises 98 allotments of land for sale at an estate called Gordon Park : The Pride of Kedron (Section Nine), located on the northside of... Read more

The artist and the code breakers

Guest blogger: Dr Judith Powell – Q ANZAC 100 Fellow. What connects two historic houses in the Brisbane suburbs of Ascot and Hamilton with the life of one of Australia’s most significant, notorious and controversial artists? In 1942, the year of his first solo exhibition in Sydney, the artist Donald Friend enlisted as a gunner in... Read more

Queensland Jazz Memories – Protecting histories of pre-1970s jazz scenes

Guest blogger: Dr Lauren Istvandity –  John Oxley Library Fellow (2017). Queensland has long been known for producing quality musicians and supporting diverse music scenes, including those based in jazz. The significance of local jazz...Show More Summary

Sparkling Wave Estate, Southport, 1882 (Map of the Week)

State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of historical maps of Queensland, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online. This real estate map from 1882 advertises 114 allotments of land for sale at the Sparkling Wave Estate in Southport. The allotments were situated on Lawson Street, Garden Street, White Street,... Read more

Queensland Places – Thursday Island – European Businesses in the 1880s

On Thursday Island during the last part of the nineteenth century, alongside those businesses operated by people representing a wide range of countries and backgrounds, particularly those of Chinese and Japanese descent, a range of European businesses operated. Many of these businesses advertised their goods and services in the Torres Strait Pilot and New Guinea... Read more

Questions within Questions

Guest blogger: Tess Maunder – 2017 Mittelheuser Scholar-in-Residence.  All good research begins with the act of asking questions, and through this speculative process, we can generate even more questions still. During my recent role as co-curator of Why Not Ask Again 11th Shanghai Biennale (2016 – 2017) myself and the Chief Curators, collective Raqs Media... Read more

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